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Boleyn Ground (ATT 31,045) 9th April 2012 - Kick off 17:20 Ref: J Moss

West Ham West Ham United vs Birmingham City Birmingham

West Ham 3

R Vaz Te (45+3, pen 89)
C Cole (70)

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Birmingham 3

J Mutch (27)
M King (30)
C Burke (45+4)

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Last Updated at 7:30 pm, April 9th 2012

  1. FULL TIME. That's it, a great game here at Upton park. Thanks for your views tonight, stay with us for reaction.

  2. 90 (+3)

    West Ham win a throw in ten yards out on the left. They take and Collins crosses into the box but Tomkins blasts over from 12 yards.

  3. 90 (+2)

    Cole heads the ball on into the box and Myhill punches away under heavy pressure.

  4. 90 (+1)

    Mutch makes a great tackle on O'Neil as he looks like he will break forward.

  5. Four minutes of added time.

  6. 90

    Baldock tries to release Lansbury into the right corner but it is just too far and goes out for a goal kick.

  7. 89

    PEN GOAL - VAZ TE!!!! He blasts it into the top of the net!!!!

  8. 88

    PEN AWARDED - West Ham take the corner and win a penalty when the ball hits Burke as Lansbury blasts at goal from the edge of the box. Burke is booked for protesting.

  9. 87

    Nolan crosses from the right byline and Myhill has to put it out for a corner on the left.

  10. 86

    O'Neil puts the ball back into the box from 25 yards on the right, Vaz Te gets a flick on but Myhill gathers.

  11. 85

    Cole wins a corner on the right off Caldwell. O'Neil takes but Myhill punches away.

  12. 84

    Townsend tries an effort from 15 yards on the left but Tomkins blocks for a throw in 25 yards out on the left. The Blues take but Faye wins the ball and West Ham break forward but Collins cross from 25 yards on the left goes out for a goal kick.

  13. 83

    Townsend concedes a corner on the right off Tomkins. O'Neil takes and Tomkins tries to head back across goal at the far post but it goes out for a goal kick.

  14. 82

    Baldock is on for Noble as the Hammers go for broke.

  15. 81

    Nolan tries an effort from the edge of the box in the centre but it is straight at Myhill who gathers.

  16. 80

    Townsend is on for King and the Blues try to hold the Hammers at bay.

  17. 79

    Nolan tries to release Cole onto goal but Myhill is quickly off his line to gather.

  18. 78

    Collins crosses from the left into the box, Vaz Te heads at goal and wins a corner on the right. O'Neil puts the ball into the box but it goes out for a throw in 20 yards out on the left. The Hammers take but Vaz Te cannot get his head on it and Myhill gratefully gathers.

  19. 78

    King tries to get around Reid and run into the right side of the box but is penalised 22 yards out.

  20. 77

    Collins volleys at goal from 16 yards on the left but it is just over. Can Birmingham hold on?

  21. 76

    Zigic tries to release Elliott into the left corner but it just goes out for a goal kick.

  22. 75

    Cole tries a left-footed volley from the edge of the box to the left of goal but it goes just over. Unlucky!

  23. 74

    Burke crosses from 15 yards on the right and Zigic heads at goal ten yards out at the near post but it is just wide.

  24. 73

    West Ham punt the ball forward but Elliott eventually clears the box.

  25. 72

    Reid and Zigic tussle for the ball and it is a West Ham free-kick midway in their own half. There is afters and Zigic is booked.

  26. 70

    GOAL - COLE!!!! West Ham win a free-kick on the halfway line. They punt it forward and Nolan passes to Cole six yards out to the left of goal. He plants the ball left-footed into the bottom corner. Game on!!!!

  27. 69

    Birmingham punt the free-kick into the box but Zigic cannot get on it and it goes out for a goal kick.

  28. 69

    Zigic is on for the injured N'Daw.

  29. 68

    Reid then brings down Burke near the halfway line and is booked. Replays show Cole could have gone down for a penalty but was honest and stayed on his feet. Nolan is also booked for protesting.

  30. 67

    Play resumes and the Blues are down to ten men for now. Cole brings a cross from the left down on his chest before Caldwell intercepts and clears. The crowd scream for a penalty but the ref waves play on.

  31. 66

    N'Daw cannot go on. He is limping off.

  32. 64

    Lansbury wins a free-kick 35 yards out on the right. Noble takes but the Blues clear. N'Daw is down holding his hamstring and needs treatment on the pitch.

  33. 63

    O'Neil crosses from 20 yards on the right towards Nolan at the far post but he cannot quite reach it and it goes out for a goal kick.

  34. 62

    West Ham take the throw in before Tomkins tries to release Vaz Te into the left corner but it goes out for a goal kick.

  35. 61

    Myhill puts Murphy's back pass out for a throw in 25 yards on the right. West Ham take and keep possession before Nolan wins a throw in 25 yards out on the left.

  36. 60

    Lansbury tries to release Vaz Te into the box from the right but it is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

  37. 59

    Cole wins a corner on the right. it is all West Ham. They take and Myhill goes down in the box after tripping over Nolan and the ref awards the free-kick to the Blues.

  38. 58

    Nolan tries an effort from 16 yards on the left but it is just wide of Myhill's far post.

  39. 58

    West Ham come again and Lansbury tries a long range effort but Caldwell charges the ball down and the Blues clear.

  40. 57

    Nolan takes the corner but Mutch clears.

  41. 56

    Cole wins a throw in off Murphy ten yards out on the right. They take and Lansbury wins another in a similar position. They take and win a corner on the right off Caldwell.

  42. 55

    O'Neil crosses from the right byline and Nolan tries a bicycle kick in the centre of the box but mis-kicks and Birmingham clear.

  43. 54

    O'Neil lobs the ball into the box from 35 yards and Vaz Te and Myhill go for the ball and the keeper wins a free-kick.

  44. 52

    Fahey concedes a free-kick 30 yards out in front of goal. Noble puts the ball into the box but Cole can not get a header on goal and it runs through to Myhill to gather.

  45. 51

    O'Neil takes the corner but Elliot partially clears before Tomkins is given offside to the left of the box.

  46. 51

    West Ham take the throw in and Noble crosses from 20 yards on the left and wins a corner on the right.

  47. 50

    Collins wins a corner on the left. They take but the Blues clear for a throw in near the halfway line on the left.

  48. 49

    Lansbury and Burke tussle for the ball on the right edge of the Birmingham box and the ref gives a free-kick to the Blues.

  49. 48

    Nolan crosses from 15 yards on the left before O'Neil's shot from the edge of the box in front of goal is blocked by N'Daw.

  50. 47

    O'Neil lofts the ball from the 30 yards on the right and Ramage brings down Lansbury at the far post. The Hammers appeal for a penalty but the ref waves play on. It was a certain penalty - bad decision.

  51. 46

    West Ham re-start the game.

  52. Lansbury is on for Maynard at the start of the second period.

  53. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet now go 12/1 for a West Ham win, 5/1 for the draw and 1/6 for a Birmingham victory.

  54. HALF TIME. Birmingham go in two goals to the good after a mad first half here at Upton Park. Stay with us for the second period - the Hammers are not out of this!

  55. 45 (+4)

    GOAL - BURKE!!!!! Birmingham win a corner on the left straight from the kick-off. The put the ball into the box and it is partially cleared to Burke 20 yards out whose effort into the ground bounces over Cole near the line and into the bottom left hand corner. Wow!!

  56. 45 (+3)

    GOAL - VAZ TE!!! Noble lofts the corner into the box and Tomkins heads back across goal at the far post and Vaz Te is there to head it home from close range. Game on!!!!!

  57. 45 (+2)

    West Ham take the corner and Caldwell concedes another on the left.

  58. 45 (+1)

    Vaz Te wins a corner on the right off Ramage.

  59. 45

    Four minutes of added time are announced.

  60. 44

    Nolan tees up Maynard to the left of goal who tries a floated effort from 15 yards but it hits the cross bar. Nolan then tries a close range effort but it is straight at Myhill who is able to gather.

  61. 43

    Maynard runs into the right side of the box and Davies clears for a throw in 15 yards out on the right. West Ham take and feed the ball to Collins who tries to lob the ball over to Cole but it runs through to Myhill to gather.

  62. 42

    Reid tries to release Tomkins into the right corner with a cross field ball but it is over hit and goes out for a throw in to Birmingham in the left corner.

  63. 41

    Ramage takes the throw in but Maynard wins the ball and West Ham keep possession.

  64. 40

    Fahey wins a throw in near the halfway line on the right. The Blues take and win another throw in in a similar position.

  65. 38

    O'Neil blasts the free-kick way over into the stand.

  66. 37

    Maynard runs at the Birmingham box and is brought down and wins a free-kick 22 yards out in front of goal. N'Daw is booked for an earlier tackle on Nolan and the ref played advantage.

  67. 37

    King latches onto a loose ball and shoots from 22 yards on the left but Tomkins blocks.

  68. 36

    Mutch puts the free-kick deep into the box and it goes just wide of the far post.

  69. 35

    King wins a free-kick off Collins 25 yards out on the right. Ramage is back on the pitch.

  70. 34

    Collins is on for the injured McCartney.

  71. 33

    Ramage is okay to continue but McCartney is being stretchered off.

  72. 31

    Ramage and McCartney are down after a clash of heads and need treatment on the pitch.

  73. 30

    GOAL - KING!!!!!!! king has doubled the lead!!! Cole gives the ball away near the halfway line on the left. Elliott latches onto the ball and feeds the ball through to King, who times his run to perfection and collects it to the left of the box. He then runs into the box in splendid isolation before slotting home under Green from eight yards!!!

  74. 27

    GOAL - MUTCH!!!! Mutch wins the ball near the halfway line and breaks at the box before playing a one-two with King and firing home from 20 yards in the centre into the right corner, with Green unsighted because of Reid.

  75. 26

    The Hammers take the throw in ten yards out on the right but Birmingham win their own in a similar position.

  76. 26

    Noble dis-possesses Burke on the halfway line. The Hammers break forward and Caldwell heads out Nolan's cross from the left for a throw in on the right.

  77. 24

    Fahey is allowed to run at the West Ham box before shooting from 25 yards but Reid makes a great covering block and the Hammers clear.

  78. 22

    West Ham win a throw in 16 yards out on the left. They take and feed the ball to Cole to the left side of the box but the ref adjudges the ball to have rolled out for a goal kick.

  79. 21

    Birmingham win a throw in near the halfway line on the right. They take and feed the ball to Mutch who tries an effort from 30 yards in front of goal but his low shot is just wide of Green's left post.

  80. 19

    Vaz Te wins a throw in off Murphy ten yards out on the right. West Ham take but Reid's cross from 25 yards is over hit and goes out for a goal kick.

  81. 18

    N'Daw tries to release King down the left flank but he is flagged offside.

  82. 17

    Lull - no more chances as the game is scrappy in the middle.

  83. 15

    Murphy takes the corner on the right and Davies rises unmarked in the box but heads wide from seven yards.

  84. 14

    Burke gets on a throughball and shoots at goal from 15 yards on the right and wins a corner off Green.

  85. 14

    Cole tries to find Maynard 22 yards out to the left of the goal but he is given offside.

  86. 12

    West Ham take the corner but it misses everyone in the box before Reid retrieves the ball at the far side. he floats the ball back into the box but Vaz Te heads over from ten yards in the centre.

  87. 11

    McCartney cuts out a throughball to burke on the right. West Ham break forward and Vaz Te wins a corner on the right.

  88. 10

    Nolan takes the corner but Ramage heads away near his own line. McCartney then floats the ball into the box from 25 yards on the left but Myhill catches.

  89. 10

    Vaz te tries a screamer from 30 yards on the right which takes a deflection and out for a corner on the left.

  90. 9

    Vaz Te crosses from the right edge of the box 15 yards out but Murphy manages to clear in the box.

  91. 7

    It is all West Ham and now McCartney crosses into the box from the left but Caldwell heads away.

  92. 6

    West Ham come again and Nolan curls the ball in from 20 yards on the left but Ramage heads away in the box.

  93. 5

    The Hammers take the free-kick quickly and Vaz Te heads back across goal from the far post but N'Daw clears ahead of Nolan, who goes to ground. The Hammers appeal for a penalty but the ref waves play on.

  94. 4

    The Hammers come again and O'Neil wins a free-kick 30 yards out on the right off N'Daw.

  95. 3

    West Ham take the throw in and win another 30 yards out on the right. They take and feed the ball to Tomkins on the left who punts the ball from the halfway line towards Cole in the box but it runs through to Myhill to gather.

  96. 2

    Myhill punts the free-kick forward but the Hammers win a throw in 20 yards out on the right.

  97. 2

    O'Neil almost steals the ball off N'Daw and wins a throw in 20 yards out on the right. West Ham take but Vaz Te is given offside.

  98. 1

    Birmingham get the game underway.

  99. The teams are coming out onto the pitch - not long to kick-off now!

  100. Fancy a bet? Sky Bet go 11/10 for a West Ham win, 12/5 for the draw and 12/5 for a Birmingham victory. I think this will be close so I'm going for a 1-1 draw which pays 11/2. What are your views / predictions for this evening's game? Send them to steve.pass2@bskyb.com

  101. Referee - Jon Moss

  102. Team news - Both sides have made two changes for this game - Abdoulaye Faye and Carlton Cole come in for Guy Demel and Matt Taylor for the Hammers, while Guirane N'Daw and Wade Elliott replace Andros Townsend and Nikola Zigic in the Birmingham starting line-up.

  103. Teams - Birmingham City: Myhill, Ramage, Caldwell, Davies, Murphy, Burke, N'Daw, Fahey, Elliott, Mutch, King. Subs: Doyle, Redmond, Townsend, Huseklepp, Zigic

  104. Teams - West Ham: Green, Tomkins, Reid, Faye, McCartney, O'Neil, Noble, Nolan, Vaz Te, Maynard, Cole. Subs: Demel, Collins, Lansbury, Taylor, Baldock

  105. Welcome to Upton Park where West Ham host Birmingham in a crucial clash at the top of the Championship. Can the third-placed Hammers win to keep up the pressure on the automatic promotion berths or will the fourth-placed Blues be victorious to cement their place in the play-offs? Send your views / predictions for this evening's game to steve.pass2@bskyb.com and I will post up the best.

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